Prima Ballerina

c. 1895

Printed on tan wove paper, with touches of watercolor in the flowers on the heads of the ballerinas in the background. Edition of 50. Bearing the monogram stamp of Charles Hessèle (Lugt 554), who dealt in many of the color intaglio printmakers active between circa 1895 and 1914. Signed and numbered in pencil. This sheet has lived a littleÉ Tear in the bottom margin, into the image (see detailed image). The sheet was also folded in the top and bottom margin, and then flattened; still with the colors very fresh and vibrant. The low price for such a fine work by Ranft reflects these condition issues.

12 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches